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Best way to deter hungry deer is a fence

Oshkosh Northwestern 

The UW-Extension issues a publication titled “Plants Not Favored by Deer” that lists about 275 trees, shrubs, flowers, herbs, groundcovers and grasses. However, the introductory paragraph states that hungry deer will eat almost anything! They do steer away from fuzzy, bitter, thorny, coarse, bitter or aromatic plants. Of course, they may need to sample the plants first to find out whether or not they fall into one of those categories.


What manure digesters can and cannot do

Wisconsin State Farmer 

“When I think of processing manure and doing something with it, I really think of it as a whole system with digesters being part of that solution,” said Liz Binversie, an agriculture educator with UW-Extension Brown County.


Northwoods residents complete lake leader training

Star Journal 

“With over 15,000 lakes statewide and a modest amount of state staff in service to protect them, it is clear that no one agency or unit of government can independently provide the attention that each lake deserves” says Patrick Goggin, UW-Extension lake specialist. “This leadership program provides local lake leaders with effective tools and resources to assist them as they volunteer their skills and talents to the stewardship of their lakes, and all of our lakes.”


Ortiz-Ribbing: Make seed selections for 2017

Fond du Lac Reporter

As this growing season draws to a close and winter slowly descends, it is a good time to start considering seed selections for next year.  Following a few guidelines while selecting seed can have a big impact. Ortiz-Ribbing  is the UW-Extension Crops & Soils Area agent. 


Battling buckthorn


There’s not a lot to like about the stout, spiked branches of the aggressively invasive buckthorn tree. “Buckthorn is spreading actively across the landscape, facilitated by birds eating the berries and spreading seeds,” says Mark Renz, assistant professor of agronomy at UW-Madison and a UW-Extension weed specialist. “The way it is changing the forest understory is really an epidemic in the upper Midwest.”


Agrability changes farmers’ lives

Wisconsin State Farmer

Agrability, Easter Seals and the UW-Extension, as partners, provide the guidance and evaluations but not the funding for modifications or equipment. Farmers seeking funding for assistive technology or equipment to address disabilities in order to remain employed may apply for other resources for an assessment to identify those needs. One such option is the DVR.


After the Bell of Merrill welcomes donations

Wausau Daily Herald

To keep the After the Bell program free to participants, organizers have relied on the community’s generosity for the past 12 years. Funds are needed to cover the cost of snacks, program supplies and staff members who provide daily supervision of this after school program for middle school students.Students who are interested in participating can pick up information and required forms in the Prairie River Middle School office, T.B. Scott Library, the University of Wisconsin-Extension office or the first day they attend the program. 


How Farm to School Is taking root in Columbia

Wisconsin State Farmer

When they use local food, schools have a smaller carbon footprint, and their dollars support nearby food growers and producers, in turn allowing community economies to grow. In 2014, local food sales in Columbia County contributed about $1.9 million to the economy, as noted in a University of Wisconsin-Extension fact sheet.


EXTending a hand: FoodWIse is the new name of Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program

The Dunn County News

FoodWIse, University of Wisconsin-Extension’s nutrition education program, is a federally funded effort that seeks to empower Wisconsin residents with limited incomes to make healthy choices to achieve healthy lives and reduce health disparities. Program funders include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).


Prevent vole damage in the landscape

Green Bay Press Gazette

Vijai Pandian is the horticultural agent/educator for the Brown County University of Wisconsin-Extension giving us information on voles. Freezing nights and shortening daylight in the fall has tranquilized most of our landscape except the insatiable meadow mouse that remains active throughout the year.


Wanted: Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

Door County Pulse 

If you find anything that you even think could be a brown marmorated stink bug, please catch it and bring it into the UW-Extension office in the Door County Government Center. These insects can fly, so if you see one on the side of your home, use a small container or empty pill bottle and quickly put it on top of the insect and then tap it to get the insect to go inside.